European Yacht Charters
Welcome to the European Yacht Charters website. You will find charter holidays available all over the world. Most companies that we work with are based in the Mediterranean or Caribean.
Information on this website is offered free without obligation.
We divided the Globe into eleven destinations. Use the map for any destination, and you will discover our country pages.
Destinations are The Mediterranian, where you will find countries like Croatia, Turkey and Greece. The Mediterranean is the base of our home country Spain. We are in Barcelona, the Catalonia capital of our region.
Other destinations are North and South America, Caribean. Northern Europe displays European countries and areas not dominated by the Mediterranean. Africa, Atlantic Africa and the Indian Ocean are one region. Asia, the Pacific Ocean and Australia contain some of the most exotic places you can visit on the planet. Whatever the destination in your search, be sure to look at our special offers page. Our policy is never to charge a booking fee, so charter companies set the prices you see.
When it’s time to book your holiday, we will always ask for the best deal and pass it on to you.
Hundreds of charter companies compete for your custom.
Special Offers are updated daily for all countries, including Spain, Croatia, Greece, Bahamas, America, Australia, and Asia,
You will find European Yacht Charters head office in Barcelona, Spain. Our background is in yacht sales and brokerage with thirty years of experience in the marine industry, working in the UK and Europe.
We aim to connect you to the worldwide Yacht Charter Network so you can find a Charter Yacht that fits your holiday needs at the lowest possible price from a reputable company.
From our office in the heart of Port Ginesta, we will arrange your next charter holiday and even rent or sell you a private mooring.
For hundreds of people each year, a Yacht Charter in a beautiful location such as the Mediterranean or the Caribbean is the most exciting way to get into sailing. Perhaps now is the right time for you to begin this fun and fascinating hobby? You might want to get started as a solo sailor or with family and friends. First of all, planning your charter holiday in the Mediterranean should be part of the fun and the beginning of your adventure.
Our advice is not to feel pressured into booking a holiday quickly because it’s cheap. Everyone wants a great deal but make sure you research local weather conditions and sailing area when choosing your charter location. There are hundreds of charter companies in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and worldwide to choose from and thousands of yachts available from reputable companies. Our advice below is intended to help a novice planning to take an enthusiastic family on a one-week sailing holiday for the first time.
Where to charter?
There will be thousands of Yachts available in the Mediterranean, Caribbean or Worldwide when you begin your search. We have designed our website to make it easy for you to investigate different places quickly and get information. Below are a few tips to consider while researching your holiday:
Time of year
Don’t go anywhere that you are going to get too much wind. Attention to weather conditions is critical if you take a less enthusiastic and/or nervous family along on a charter. The primary objective of any family sailing adventure is to make sure that everyone has a great time and wants to go sailing again.
Hire a skipper
” I read my first book about sailing many years ago. The book was Heavy Weather Sailing by Tom Cunliffe. We purchased our first yacht based on advice from that book. More than 35 years later, I see Tom Cunluff is still offering advice about boats and yachts. He was a great inspiration to me when I first started in the industry “(Rob Woodward)
Most charter companies will not allow you to take a yacht out without Skipper’s License. Besides, unless you have had some years of sailing experience, it’s not advisable to charter a yacht in unfamiliar waters on your own. There is no shame in having a paid crew member help – allowing you to relax and enjoy your holiday.
Unless you decide to leave everything to a Skipper, it might be an idea to let the charter company know where you intend to sail during your holiday. A professional skipper will keep an eye on the yacht – including morale and comfort of all on board. He/she might suggest that your crew need a little shore time to keep spirits up. You will make lots of decisions during your charter. Don’t be afraid to express your wishes to your skipper. They will have lots of local knowledge to share with you and ideas of where to sail. Just remember, if you end your holiday with a happy family who wants to sail more, then you have succeeded.
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Size of a yacht
Once upon a time, many yachts were narrow and uncomfortable down below. The possibility of a hot shower usually only came at the end of a trip, when you finally got home! Modern yachts have all mod cons and comfort. Often marinas offer very convenient port facilities. If you want your family to enjoy their holiday, charter the biggest boat you can afford. Look for bedrooms that are comfortable and spacious for all on board. As a general rule, try to ensure that everyone can have some private space. Converting a bed in a saloon is never a great idea for a whole week and may detract from everyone’s holiday experience. Look for enough cabins to provide berths for all – remembering a Skipper will require a cabin alone.
Provisioning a Yacht
If your budget stretches to it, let the charter company provision your yacht. Many will ask you for a likes list and provide a decent amount of food on board ready for you. Remember you are probably travelling to a strange country and only have a few days of holiday. So, do you want to spend your time shopping for food on the first day? If so, check where the shops are and think about carrying all the provisions back to your boat without a car!
Yacht Charters planning
Talk to European Yacht Charters about your holiday plans as we can offer helpful tips and advice drawn from many years of experience in the marine industry. For example, we suggest bringing your kit in soft bags as they tend to be more yacht friendly. Soft bags are easier to stow, giving you more room on board. Suitcases can cause damage and wheel marks to your charter yacht and so don’t make you popular with charter companies.
Your chosen cruising area should depend almost entirely on your level of experience. For example, one might think that Greece is a safe bet, which it often can be. However, even Greece – like all hot countries – has extreme wind conditions to deal with at various times of the year. So, before you book, take a look at past local weather patterns for your charter area for the time of year. Then, ask the charter company directly for advice regarding the weather during the month you plan to book your holiday.